A2 Hosting Say They’re 20x Faster. What Do 229 A2 Users Say?

Is A2 Hosting Right for Your Website?

Are you a developer in need of a web host company that is capable of supporting all your endeavors? Looking for something that will support whatever tool it is you need, regardless of whether you know you need it today or not? If so, A2 Hosting might just be for you.

Read on to see what we’ve discovered while testing A2’s services for ourselves, and also what their customers rant and rave about.

The company prides itself as being the web hosting company by developers for developers, so regardless of which type of hosting (shared, VPS, dedicated) you need, you can find something that works with A2 Hosting.

A2 Hosting’s primary datacenter is in Michigan (which is also where the company’s headquarters are located), but the company also has datacenters in Arizona. A2 Hosting’s overseas options include Europe (Amsterdam) and Asia (Singapore).

Types of hosting options available
Types of hosting plans available from A2 Hosting

Shared Hosting Plans

A2 Hosting boasts that its shared hosting plans are markedly faster than its competitors. Additionally, they offer 24/7 customer support for all subscribers, ultra-reliable servers, unlimited resources, and free website migration.

Other features of A2 Hosting’s shared plans include:

  • Support for PHP (5.x and 7.x)
  • MySQL 5.6 databases
  • Support for PostgreSQL 9.4
  • Support for Python (2.6, 2.7, and 3.2)
  • Support for PERL 5.10
  • Support for Apache 2.2
  • Support for Node.js
  • FTP/SFTP access to your server environment
  • Free SSH access
  • Shared SSL certificate.

All shared plans come standard with free SSD storage to ensure top-notch performance. A2 Hosting also promises that you will see impressive speeds for your website due to the infrastructure on which it is hosted, as well as solid uptime.

Getting Started

If you are looking to get started with a cheapest web hosting plan from A2 Hosting, you’ll begin by choosing the operating system of your server environment: Linux or Windows.

Regardless of which option you choose, you will have three different plans, each with a different allocation of resources (though you’ll receive an unlimited amount of storage and bandwidth, generally speaking) and feature set, from which you can choose.

All, however, come standard with at least some premium offerings, such as SSD storage, as well as an uptime guarantee.

Please note, however, that Windows hosting plans are slightly more expensive than Linux hosting plans.

Shared hosting plan and options
Shared hosting plans and options

A2 Hosting offers a branded version of the popular cPanel control panel to customers purchasing a Linux shared hosting plan, a managed VPS hosting plan, or a dedicated server. (Plesk is available for Windows servers.) If you’ve purchased an unmanaged VPS hosting plan or an unmanaged dedicated server, you may add on cPanel at an additional charge.

The Lite Plan

The entry-level plan, which A2 Hosting calls its Lite option, gets you hosting for one website, use of five databases, 25 email addresses, unlimited SSD disk space, unlimited data transfer/bandwidth, and a free (shared) SSL certificate.

The Swift Plan

A2 Hosting’s most popular shared hosting plan is the Swift, which is the mid-range option.

This plan is very similar to the entry-level plan. Its primary difference is that it allows you to host unlimited websites and offers you more resources. In particular, there is no limit on the number of databases or email accounts you can have.

The Turbo Plan

A2 Hosting’s high-end shared hosting plan, called the Turbo option, is very similar to the other shared plans, but you get extras designed to increase the performance of your websites.

The most important extra of the Turbo plan is that your site(s) will be hosted on A2 Hosting’s Turbo servers. These servers allocate more resources to each individual user because there are fewer users per server. A2 Hosting claims this increases the speed of your site by a factor of 20.

Another extra of the Turbo plan is that it includes the A2 Site Accelerator. It is a cPanel plug-in that speeds up your site by providing pre-configured caching.

There are three major subsystems of the A2 Optimized Site Accelerator:

  1. Turbo Cache: caches the entire contents of your web pages so that they can be served without running PHP
  2. OPcache/APC: improves responses of pages that require the use of PHP
  3. Memcached: increases the speed of MySQL databases by keeping your most used data in memory for quicker retrieval.

VPS Hosting

For those who have outgrown their shared hosting plans or need better speeds for their websites, A2 Hosting offers virtual private servers (VPS).

VPS Management Options

Typically, moving up from a shared hosting to VPS requires you to either gain the technical knowledge required to manage your server “slice” or hire someone with the necessary system administration experience.

However, this is not the case with A2 Hosting. You can opt for three kinds of management for your VPS:

  • Unmanaged: the managed VPS hosting plan is perfect for those who are developers or system administrators looking for a fully customizable, bare metal installation.

  • Managed: the managed VPS hosting plan offers the full power of a VPS plan, but with the same user-friendly cPanel platform bundled with the shared hosting plans. It also comes with what A2 Hosting calls its 100% worry-free Host-Guard Management from the Guru Crew Support team (which is available 24/7).

  • Core: the Core VPS option is for those wanting a managed VPS plan, but with the addition of root access/administrative privileges. You will get worry-free support from A2 Hosting, but you will also get complete control over your server environment.

Operating Systems

Like the shared hosting plans, you can choose to host your site on a Windows server or a Linux server. Windows plans cost 25% more than their Linux counterparts. And instead of the cPanel control panel, Windows plans offer Plesk.

RAID Storage

For the purposes of data redundancy and performance improvement, all VPS plans get RAID-10 storage. RAID 10 drives combine striping (which increases speed) with mirroring (which increases reliability).

The size of the RAID 10 drive depends upon the plan.

Dedicated Hosting

A2 Hosting offers both managed and unmanaged dedicated servers for those in search of web hosting for the fastest speeds and resource-intensive or highly-trafficked websites. Unlike many other web hosting providers, A2 Hosting offers consulting services for those who do not have the technical expertise or access to system administrators necessary for managing a dedicated server.

Managed dedicated servers also get upgradeable RAID-1 storage, which means all the data is mirrored and thus less prone to data faults or loss.

A2 Hosting Reviews by Our Community

Overall Rating from 229 Reviews by A2 Hosting Customers

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Most Helpful Reviews

Simon Mackay avatar
Simon Mackay northseacompactors.com
Feb 09, 2014

A2 Hosting provide an excellent service in all respects. This includes: (1) a high-spec infrastructure (eg SSDs, choice of hosting centers) with many extra features bundled into the contract (eg automatic server-based backup, anti-virus protection, etc); (2) superb technical support accessible/delivered in a number of ways (eg high quality self-service knowledge base, online chat & a real person helpline); (3) support staff who are responsive, knowledgeable & patient; (4) efficient billing support in resolving issues (eg moving domain billing between accounts); and (5) good value-for-money for a quality product. In fact A2 Hosting’s service has been so consistently good over that past two years I have moved my company’s web services account to them.

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Adam Silver avatar
Adam Silver kitchensinkwp.com
Dec 19, 2016

I recently requested a cPanel migration and I the process went very smoothly. The issues I found were actually my own, and nothing to do with A2 Hosting. Eac email interaction was answered quickly and with the needed information.

Additionally, the overall time frame to have the process done far exceeded my expectations taking less then 1/2 the time I was originally told. Great job A2 Hosting!

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Razique Mahroua avatar
Razique Mahroua fitforlife.fr
Mar 28, 2014

I’m an A2 Hosting customer for almost a year now. As a technical consultant myself I’m really nitpicky about IT services. A2 Hosting is the best I’ve came across so far based on tons of testings and deployments around (I’ve benched up to 10 providers before)
What seduce(s)|de me:
• Clear and simple pricing
• Limited but more performant offers
• CPanel-powered features
• Advanced functions
• Billing made easy
• Tons of services and features if you need

The support is rock solid and very available, I had one major DNS incident related to a subdomain, the team has been able to resolve.

I also love their Ssd-powered servers, their integration with CloudFlare and the advanced DNS features you can play with. Finally, they have excellent uptime and latencies worldwide. If I had some cons:
• Sometimes the support just doesn’t treat the tickets, and no news, but it’s very rare (less than 5% of my tickets)
• No PHP caching on shared servers (opcache, etc…)

Definitely a company I recommend

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Jose Neto avatar
Jose Neto florenzasaboaria.com.br
Feb 23, 2018

I was using FastComet since last year. However, their first byte has never been great. So I decided to change for A2 Hosting.

Very bad decision. 1. My site is down since Feb 16 (today is Feb 23th) – their migration crew disabled my site at FastComet, there was no need for that, since I am changing the domain. 2. They do not answer my support tickets – I am pretty sure I will need to hire someone to help me. 3.

Their first byte is igual or worse than FastComet. If you do have to go to A2 Hosting, do not expect the migration support to help you.

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James Pereira avatar
James Pereira lionreputationmarketing.com
Feb 09, 2018

I signed up for A2 Hosting and within a few hours they had migrated my site from another host accurately. My website and emails were all intact! I was apprehensive at first and it was worth it. The features convinced me it was time to switch to A2 Hosting after being with the other host for 10 years.

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Chad Hower avatar
Chad Hower atozed.com
Feb 20, 2018

Fantastic host with fast deep tech support. Moved from BlueHost who sucked and can’t be happier. With Bluehost we had Weeks of downtime and support was just using scripts and ran us round and round in circles.

A2 Hosting support is fast and not only good, but very technical. No gatekeepers that you have to fight your way through each and every time.

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Trish Pham avatar
Trish Pham gamerbraves.com
Jul 15, 2018

I had a look at their site and thought the price is reasonable so I thought I give this host a try and wow it was good value cause the support team are fast at replying to your support tickets. I’ve been using this host for about a month and so far I haven’t got any downtime so I think this is a good value host to try.

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Tim Scoff avatar
Tim Scoff paystubdepot.com
Apr 19, 2018

I used to host a web application on A2 Hosting. I migrated off them because I had intermittent issues with outgoing email not working and when I contacted tech support about them I had the following experiences.

1. The tech support reps didn’t take the time to read the ticket before responding.

I would email them and their tech support rep would respond with something that 2 or 3 prior tech supports had already suggested. It got to the point where every time I contacted them I spent 5-10 minutes typing up every single thing which they had told me earlier in order to try to get new answers from them.
2. They blamed my code for the issue even after I did research on their server configuration and found that the issue which I was having is a known issue with the software packages that they use.
3.

After I moved my code to one of their competitors without changing a single line of code everything started working perfectly and I haven’t had a problem since then, other than getting their billing department to stop trying to charge my credit card for another year’s worth of service. Avoid them and go somewhere else if you have anything more complex than a simple web page. Their tech support department isn’t capable of providing any support more advanced than telling you that whatever is wrong is on your end and their systems are working perfectly.

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shaun Lamper avatar
shaun Lamper cartvela.com
Apr 17, 2018

I am using A2 Hosting since 1 year for few of my websites. I Highly recommend them for hosting your site. They have a very very good Customer support when compared to other hosting providers.

Their Pricing is also very affordable and worth for the money. They solved my wordpress installation problem very quickly. Uptime is very Good. I Highly Recommend them.

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Dario Vuković avatar
Dario Vuković w3shop.eu
Feb 27, 2018

Price over quality ratio is amazing. So much service for a fraction of your money. I purchased windows plan – Turbo.

Speed is very good, if not excellent. I spend only several minutes to see the possibilities and my site was up in less than half an hour. Great job guys! My customers will be very pleased.

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Reseller Hosting Plans

A2 Hosting offers reseller plans for those looking to get into the web hosting business themselves. It allows you to choose between Windows and Linux options, and there are four different reseller plans from which you can choose (regardless of which operating system you choose to use).

All reseller accounts (with the exception of the entry-level options) come with a free item of your choice: a license for WHMCS or a license for Blesta (both are billing options for reseller web hosts). If you would like a more robust WHMCS option than the free version that comes with all but the cheapest plan, you can upgrade to a premium WHMCS package.

Refunds and Money-Back Guarantees

If you purchase a web hosting option from A2 Hosting and you decide within 30 days that it is not the right option for you, you can take advantage of the money-back guarantee and receive a full refund of all fees paid.

If, after the 30-day period has elapsed, you decide that you want to cancel your account and end your subscription, you can do so at any time. However, instead of receiving a full refund, you will only receive a pro-rated refund that is equivalent to the unused service for which you have already paid.

Uptime and Downtime

One of A2 Hosting’s biggest selling points is its reliability of service. The company backs its claims with a 99.9% uptime commitment, and it strives to meet this promise by following the web hosting industry’s best practices, using top-notch datacenters, and carefully managing all servers.

With that said, there are two instances when the uptime commitment does not apply:

  1. During routine maintenance and upgrade periods that are scheduled ahead of time
  2. During outages that result from circumstances beyond the control of A2 Hosting, including:
    1. Network conditions, such as issues occurring between you and your ISP
    2. DDoS or other malicious attacks against A2 Hosting’s servers
    3. Issues arising from your ISP’s network
    4. Browser-related caching issues
    5. Issues arising from your DNS settings.

If you see any downtime as a result of issues not related to the exclusions listed above, and the downtime accounts for more than 0.1% of your total time that month, you will receive compensation from A2 Hosting.

This compensation is in the form of a service credit that is equal to 5% of the fees you paid for that month. You will receive one such service credit for each hour that your website is unreachable beyond the 0.1% (~42 minutes) uptime guarantee.

However, the maximum service credit you will get for missed uptime promises will be equal to the full amount you would have paid for that month for web hosting had you seen no outages.

Please note that, to receive service credits as compensation, your downtime must be confirmed by an A2 Hosting staff member.

Backups

You can use your control panel (cPanel or Plesk) to manage partial or full backups of your website.

To restore your website using a full backup, you’ll need to provide a copy of it to the A2 Hosting support team. There are no fees when requesting such services.

Migration Policy

If your former web hosting provider supports cPanel, A2 Hosting can manage the migration on your behalf. Migrations are available for shared, managed VPS, and managed dedicated accounts, and this process typically takes less than 72 hours.

If your former web hosting provider did not use cPanel, A2 Hosting will manually manage the migration of one website and one database on your behalf, free of charge.

Though not required, A2 Hosting recommends that you allow an overlap of at least seven days between opening your hosting account and closing your previous hosting account to minimize the downtime you might see during the transition process.

Using CloudFlare CDN

One of the ways you can improve the speed and performance of your website is to use a content delivery network (CDN) to ensure that your visitors are served by the server that is located the closest to them, minimizing the amount of time it takes for data to get where it needs to go.

A2 Hosting offers CloudFlare, a commonly used CDN, for your website free of charge. A2 Hosting claims that a website using CloudFlare sees 200% faster page loads, uses 60% less bandwidth, and is more secure.

There are two ways to activate your CloudFlare CDN:

  • Using the CloudFlare cPanel plugin
  • Signing up on CloudFlare’s website.

If you decide to use CloudFlare’s cPanel plugin, you can easily enable and disable CloudFlare for your domains and subdomains using your A2 Hosting cPanel environment.

If you decide to activate using CloudFlare’s website, you will need to use the CloudFlare site to manage all of your settings. With this option, you cannot use the A2 Hosting cPanel to manage your CDN.

SSL Certificates

There are two different ways you can get private SSL certificates from A2 Hosting.

First, if you have purchased a shared or reseller hosting package, you can opt for Let’s Encrypt, an SSL solution applied to your site that provides you with enhanced security. Users with Managed VPS Plans and Managed Dedicated Servers can also use Let’s Encrypt, but they will have to have a dedicated IP address as well.

The other option is to purchase an SSL certificate from A2 Hosting. It offers three types of SSL certificates for sale:

  • Single Site — works on a single site with one domain name
  • Wildcard — works on all pages of a given site, including sub-domains
  • Advanced — works across multiple websites, each with its own domain name.

Website Builders

A2 Hosting does not offer its own website builder, but it offers shared hosting packages that come with support for a wide variety of website builders that you can purchase from the distributors and use.

Carbonfund.org

A2 Hosting takes its duty and commitment to the environment seriously. In addition to being 100% carbon neutral in its day-to-day operations, A2 Hosting is a proud partner of Carbonfund.org, which is a leading organization dedicated to battling global climate change. Since 2007, A2 Hosting has supported Carbonfund.org’s reforestation efforts and development of clean, renewable sources of energy.

Behind the Scenes

Immediately after logging in to your A2 Hosting account, you will be redirected to a dashboard landing page where you can manage everything relevant to your website, include the services to which you subscribe, your domain names, and account billing.

A2 Hosting's back-end dashboard
A2 Hosting’s back-end dashboard

Account Management

You can easily manage the settings for all of your A2 Hosting accounts and domain names using the dashboard. You can also upgrade or downgrade your plans if necessary, as well as manage your billing-related settings.

If you need to share access to your account, you can do so under the Developer Access section. This means that multiple people can manage your website without you having to share credentials to the master account that has the permissions to control things like billing and developer access itself.

Domain Names and Website Transfers

A2 Hosting allows you to transfer domains owned by other providers and migrate websites hosted elsewhere. You can initiate either of these actions using the control panel area.

Support

You will notice that support-related content and links are prevalent on your dashboard. In addition to the Support PIN that is prominently displayed in the top-left corner, there are two hyperlinks in the navigation toolbar that you can use if you need help.

First, there is the Support tab, which allows you to:

  • View your existing and open new support tickets
  • See records of (and request) website migrations
  • Check the status of A2 Hosting’s servers, as well as whether there have been any instances of service interruptions over the past few days (this is important, especially given that the uptime guarantee requires you to report downtime to receive compensation)
  • Navigate to the knowledgebase
  • Navigate to the notification center, where you can customize the service-related notifications you receive from A2 Hosting
  • Navigate to the A2 Hosting company blog, where you can read about all things web hosting and web design.

Second, there is the Open Ticket tab which, contrary to what its name suggests, leads you to the Client Area. In this area, you can:

  • Submit a sales ticket if you have questions about future purchases
  • Submit a hosting question if you are having a problem with your account
  • Submit questions to either the Support or Billing teams that are not related to an existing domain name or hosting account.

You can access a record of all tickets you have created and submitted using the left-hand navigation bar. Your tickets are separated based on the teams to which your question was routed.

cPanel

From the dashboard, you can launch the cPanel for your website; if you are hosting multiple websites with A2 Hosting, you will see a list of cPanels available for your use on the dashboard home page.

A2 Hosting's cPanel
A2 Hosting’s cPanel

On the right-hand side of the cPanel is a panel of information relating to your account. It includes information on things like your domain name, as well as statistics on how much of your account’s allocation of resources you have used. These statistics include resource use based on how you have configured and built your website, as well as resource use based on the traffic levels you are seeing on your site at the moment.

cPanel showing resource usage
cPanel resource usage display

The primary management area, which comprises the left and middle portions of the cPanel, allows you to do things like:

  • Manage your files
  • Install scripts that extend the feature set and functionality of your website using Softaculous, an app installer that works with cPanel
  • Access staging features for your website
  • Create, manage, and optimize your website’s databases
  • Handle your domains and subdomains
  • Control the email accounts associated with this particular website/domain name
  • Access metrics on user visits, including frequency and length of stay
  • Secure your site by setting up security suites and applying SSL certificates.

More advanced features available include software that supports programming languages and website optimization and caching.

Customer Support and Customer Service

If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can get in touch with the A2 Hosting Guru Crew Support team 24/7 via its internal ticketing system, Skype, telephone, or live chat. This is also the method by which you take advantage of the uptime guarantee — you will need to report any downtime incidents to the Guru Crew.

Ways to contact A2 Hosting
Ways to contact A2 Hosting

Knowledgebase

If you’re interested in self-help resources, A2 Hosting maintains a robust and in-depth knowledgebase. The homepage for the knowledgebase contains links to FAQ pages based on topic, as well as links to helpful, frequently-used articles. Furthermore, the knowledgebase is easily searchable (a necessity, since the website’s navigation is lacking — there are just too many articles to be found for any other method to be super efficient).

Support Page
A2 Hosting Support Page

A2 Hosting Alternatives

HostGator, Bluehost, and SiteGround. We will look at HostGator in the most depth because it is the most like A2 Hosting. However, give serious attention to Bluehost and SiteGround because they are both excellent hosts.

HostGator

HostGator

Many people who consider A2 Hosting also consider HostGator. How do these two companies match up?

Price

When comparing the prices for shared hosting plans, we looked at how much you would pay if:

  • You received no discounts
  • You paid on a monthly basis (and therefore received no discounts due to opting for and paying upfront for an extended contract).

With these considerations in mind, A2 Hosting comes out ahead no matter which shared hosting plan you choose.

Please note that you can save a lot of money on your purchase of a web hosting plan by combining a discount code or coupon code with paying upfront for an extended contract. Generally speaking, doing this still results in A2 Hosting being the cheaper of the two options.

Performance

Both companies claim that their shared hosting plans perform well, but only A2 Hosting offers the option to place your websites on servers that, despite being shared, are dedicated to hosting fewer websites than a traditional shared server. You have to pay for this option, but at least you have this option. HostGator doesn’t offer anything comparable.

Technical Support and Customer Service

Both companies offer 24/7 technical support. A2 Hosting offers a slightly more robust knowledgebase. It offers an uptime guarantee with most packages.

Refunds and Money-Back Guarantees

HostGator offers a slightly longer money-back guarantee for new users: 45 days. A2 Hosting only offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

However, after this initial period, only A2 Hosting offers refunds for any unused service that you’ve already paid for (this is especially nice if you’ve opted for an extended contract upfront in exchange for lower prices on a monthly basis).

Furthermore, A2 Hosting offers refunds even on its VPS and dedicated server options. This is not the case with HostGator.

Features and Functionality

If you’re tech-savvy, and you need a speedy web host that supports the latest and greatest technology, as well as bundling premium offerings (such as SSD storage) with even the most basic packages, then A2 Hosting is the company for you.

If, however, you’re looking for an easy-to-use product that comes with a website builder so you can get up and running with as little hassle as possible (and uptime isn’t as big a concern for you), then HostGator is the company for you.

Bluehost

Bluehost Logo

You’ve probably heard of Bluehost: it’s one of the most popular web hosting services around. It powers over 2 million websites on the internet — and there are good reasons for this.

In addition to being inexpensive and easy to use, its products integrate well with WordPress, which is one of the most popular content management systems today. Bluehost offers nearly as many options as A2 Hosting, but Bluehost aims more toward those looking for an easy-to-use solution.

SiteGround

SiteGround Logo

Founded in 2004, SiteGround is a provider of premium-level hosting backed by excellent support and top-tier infrastructure.

While SiteGround was once run out of university dorm rooms, it is now one of the leading providers of web hosting services, managing five data centers (located in Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Milan, and Singapore), employing 400 people, and managing over 500,000 domains.

If A2 Hosting is too “techie” for you, but Bluehost is too restrictive, consider SiteGround.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Can I use A2 Hosting even if I’m not a developer?

Answer: Yes! A2 Hosting boasts a developer-friendly set of features, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use its products if you’re not a developer. You might find the learning curve a bit steeper with A2 Hosting, however.

List of some developer-oriented options A2 Hosting supports
List of developer-oriented options that A2 Hosting supports

Question: What types of consulting services does A2 Hosting offer?

Answer: In addition to offering web hosting packages, A2 Hosting can help you with (and has the features to support) things like auction-based e-commerce, blogging, live chat solutions, integrations with content management systems (CMS), integrations with customer relationship management (CRM) suites, e-commerce in general, website security, and other niche hosting needs.

See the answers to more frequently asked questions below.

A2 Hosting Quick Overview

Here is a convinient overview of A2 Hosting’s offerings.

Specializations

  • Uptime Guarantee
  • Developer-Friendly Hosting Options
  • “Green” Hosting.

Plans starting at…

$3.92 per month using automatic coupon code.

Migration Policy

Free, easy transfer (especially from hosts using cPanel).

Control Panel

cPanel Control Panel included with Linux plans; Plesk included with Windows plans.

Money-Back Guarantee

30 days.

Site Builder Included?

No.

Datacenters

Michigan, Arizona, Amsterdam, Singapore.

Pros and Cons

What are the upsides to using A2 Hosting? What are the downsides?

Pros

Flexibility: A2 Hosting strives to support as many technologies, software platforms, integrations, and so on as possible, so you’re most likely able to use whatever tools and products you’ve selected with your web hosting plan.

Uptime Guarantee: if uptime and reliability is a major concern of yours, A2 Hosting is one of the few hosts who offer such a guarantee, even to those on shared hosting plans

Developer-Friendly: The entire A2 Hosting platform is extensible, so you’ll be able to integrate all of the tools you currently use with your website, no matter how complex or obscure. If, for some reason, A2 Hosting doesn’t currently offer support for an integration that you need, you can open a support ticket and request a feature enhancement from the A2 Hosting development team.

Cons

Complexity: A2 Hosting offers a lot of options, which can be overwhelming for someone looking for a simple, easy to use web host without a lot of distractions. Developer-friendly, in some senses, is inherently the opposite of “hassle-free” and “very easy to use.”

Not PCI Compliant: while this limitation can easily be rectified by integrating with a secure shopping cart solution, some creators of online stores may prefer a web host that is, by default, PCI compliant and therefore requires no additional work when setting up an online store for e-commerce.

Room for Improvement

No web hosting company is perfect, even A2 Hosting. Here are some features we would like to see improved:

  • No website builder: we understand that A2 Hosting offers products created by developers, for developers, but we think there is a time and place for website builders. First, just because someone knows how to program does not mean it is the optimal use of their time. Second, website builders are great ways to get the scaffolding of a website up and running in no time flat. This leaves the webmaster with time to customize the site and not worry about initial issues like layout and design.

  • Overwhelming Number of Options: A2 Hosting’s options are infinitely flexible, so you are likely to find something that fits your needs and has the features you want. However, if you are just getting started and you are not completely sure which option sold by A2 Hosting is right for you, the multitude of options will likely result in decision fatigue.

  • Free migrations…with a catch: if you are moving a website to A2 Hosting, and your previous web host provider offered you a cPanel to manage your site, your migration process will likely be easier. If not, you will need to enlist the assistance of their team. The A2 Hosting team claims that they will manage the migration process on your behalf, but you are limited to requesting assistance with only one non-cPanel website.

For A2 Hosting’s target demographic, these issues we mentioned probably will not matter. However, if you are less comfortable with server technology, these are items to keep in mind when considering whether A2 Hosting is the right option for you or not.

Conclusion: Is A2 Hosting Right for You?

A2 Hosting and how it stands out from its peers
Distinguishing attributes of A2 Hosting

If you are a developer or system administrator comfortable with the management of servers, you will find that A2 Hosting offers excellent deals, especially when you consider the number of features that come with a typical plan.

A2 Hosting solutions offerings
A2 Hosting offers much more than simple hosting

However, if you are not, you might still find A2 Hosting useful. Its shared options are a great choice, and as your site grows and it’s an easy upgrade to VPS plans or dedicated servers.

Overall, it’s hard to find many faults with A2. Please check out the latest user reviews from our webmaster community to see what A2 customers have to say.

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A2 Hosting Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is A2 Hosting located?

    The company is based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

  • Does A2 Hosting sell dedicated servers?

    Yes it does. You can choose various plans that are either unmanaged and managed.

  • Is reseller hosting available?

    Yes. A number of reseller plans are available.

  • Can I buy a VPS package from A2 Hosting?

    Yes. Choose from managed, unmanaged, or core VPS.

  • Will my hosting plan come with a free domain?

    No. A2 Hosting does not issue free domains.

  • Is there a money-back guarantee?

    A2 Hosting provides a 30-day money back guarantee. After the initial 30-day period, you can cancel any time and receive a prorated refund.

  • Does A2 Hosting offer phone support?

    Yes. Support is available 24/7 by phone. Live chat and email support is also available.

  • Where are A2 Hosting’s servers located?

    Its main datacenter is in Southfield, Michigan in the United States. It also uses facilities in Arizona, USA, Amsterdam, and Singapore.

  • What programming languages are supported?

    A2 Hosting supports PHP, Ruby on Rails, Python, and Perl.

  • Is cPanel provided?

    Yes. cPanel is provided on all Linux plans. Plesk is provided on Windows plans.

  • What payment options does A2 Hosting accept?

    It accepts major credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. It also accepts PayPal, 2Checkout, bank transfer, PayU Latam (selected countries), Skrill, UnionPay, check, and money order.

  • Does A2 Hosting allow customers to pay monthly?

    Yes. You can pay monthly with no ongoing contract.

  • Can I get help transferring from my old host?

    If your old host provides cPanel, A2 Hosting will transfer your websites free of charge. If your old host does not provide cPanel, A2 Hosting will manually transfer one website for you.

  • Can I host multiple websites on one account?

    Most plans allow you to do this. The exception is the cheapest shared hosting plan, which is only designed for one website.

  • Is there a site builder tool?

    No. However, you can use 3rd party site builders on your account.

  • Does A2 Hosting provide an uptime guarantee?

    Yes. There is a 99.9% uptime guarantee, backed by a service credit for downtime exceeding that figure.

  • What is the backup policy at A2 Hosting?

    Backups are provisioned automatically on managed hosting accounts. On all other accounts, you should make your own arrangements to ensure your data is backed up.

  • Does A2 Hosting support Magento?

    Magento is fully supported.

  • Is A2 Hosting suitable for an e-commerce site with SSL?

    A2 Hosting offers e-commerce and SSL support, including the ability to purchase an SSL certificate. It recommends that customers also buy a dedicated IP address. More details are available in its help documentation.

  • Are there any CDN services on offer?

    CloudFlare CDN is provided on all plans for free.

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